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The Quincy Massacre was a major event in the Commonwealth, when the Gunners broke the remnants of the Commonwealth Minutemen and seized Quincy.


Quincy was one of the largest and most prosperous settlements in the southeastern Commonwealth. Its prosperity became its undoing when the Gunners set their sights on the city, led by a former Minuteman called Clint. Disillusioned by the petty politics and bickering among the Minutemen, Clint joined forces with the Gunners, believing them to have the strength necessary to bring order to the Commonwealth.[1] The city would have been seized with barely any resistance, were it not for Mama Murphy. In a drug-induced trance, she had a vision of the town surrounded, overrun and its people dead or captured. At Sturges' insistence, Mayor Jackson put out a call for the Commonwealth Minutemen.[2] The people of the town were skeptical, especially Jun and Marcy Long, the town's chemists, who refused to fuel Murphy's addiction for a long while.[3]

They reversed their position when a Gunner advance party was spotted making its way towards the monorail. Despite the best efforts of the townsfolk, they continued to make headway until Colonel Ezra Hollis arrived and attacked the Gunners from behind.[4] A near-breakthrough turned into a rout, with the Minutemen killing a third of the recon force. Although a dozen Gunners retreated safely, Mayor Jackson was relieved and allowed the Minutemen to use his house as barracks. Col. Hollis' group immediately set to fortifying the town, assisted by Sturges, the town's mechanic. Keenly aware he didn't have nearly enough militiamen to hold the town once the Gunners commit to an attack, he put out a call for reinforcements.[5][6]

The town walls were repaired and the stairwell at the monorail platform filled to deny the Gunners access to higher ground. Meanwhile, Hollis had Sturges set up walkways and ramps over the rooftops, to give the defenders said advantage and the ability to retreat to the roofs in case the walls are breached and rally for a counterattack. Although they had enough food and supplies to withstand a long siege, the situation was grim: Nobody responded to the call for reinforcements. Hollis and the townsfolk stood alone against the Gunners, who kept probing the town's defenses every day.[7][8][9] The lack of central leadership after the untimely death of General Becker in 2282 caught up with the Minutemen,[10] after years of petty politics and squabbles over seniority.[11]

On the eve of the Massacre, Clint arrived at the town gates with Gunner sergeant Baker and Gunner officer Tessa. Hollis' hopes that he was bringing reinforcements were dashed when he revealed that he was there to negotiate the city's surrender. Hollis refused to lay down his arms and followed Clint all the way to the walls, shouting about what he would do to deserters.[1][12][13]


With surrender out of the question, the Gunners attacked the town under cover of night, executing Clint's plan. He blew out the highway's support, causing the road to collapse to the ground. Gunners rushed up the improvised ramp and attacked the defenders from their elevated firing positions. The nighttime assault combined with the decisive height advantage resulted in a total rout for Quincy's defenders. Despite a valiant effort on their part, they never stood a chance.[14][15] The town fell within an hour, with only a small group of twenty people slipping away under Preston Garvey's command.[16]


The Gunners seized the town and turned it into a fortress, with its citizens dead or driven away. Clint dispatched a detachment to track down and eliminate Garvey. They lost them in Jamaica Plain.[17] The group of refugees continued on to Lexington and Concord, steadily dwindling from twenty to just five survivors.[18] Colonel Ezra Hollis was captured alive and executed by Clint, to demonstrate his loyalty to the Gunners.[1]

The most lasting impact of the Massacre was the near-total destruction of the Minutemen as a military and political force in the Commonwealth. The remaining Minutemen gave up after the Massacre, joining other settlers in eking out an existence on the blasted Commonwealth soil.[9]

Clint was given command of Quincy by Captain Wes for his actions. Determined that the town would not be taken in the same way it had fallen to the Gunners. Clint fortified the highway, set up a radio tower, and procured two sets of power armor in order to defend it, keeping one set for himself and issuing Tessa with the other.[19]


Piper successfully convinces Danny Sullivan to open the gate by convincing him that the Sole Survivor is a trader from Quincy.[20]


The Quincy Massacre is mentioned only in Fallout 4.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Quincy ruins terminal entries; Gunner terminal, Col. Hollis
  2. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Sturges's terminal, Mama Murphy's vision
  3. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Long's terminal, Mama Murphy
  4. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Long's terminal, she was right
  5. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Hollis's terminal, setting up defenses
  6. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Sturges's terminal, the Minutemen
  7. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Hollis's terminal, status report
  8. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Long's terminal, Kyle's hurt
  9. 9.0 9.1 Preston Garvey: "There's something I need to ask you. I guess you know I'm one of the last of the Minutemen, but I never really told you what happened to us."
    The Sole Survivor: "Are you really the last Minuteman?"
    Preston Garvey: "Maybe not literally. There must be a lot of former Minutemen out there who gave it up in disgust after the Quincy Massacre. But we were the last active group of Minutemen. And now, well... it's just me."
    The Sole Survivor: "What was the Quincy Massacre?"
    Preston Garvey: "I thought everyone in the Commonwealth knew about that by now. Where the Minutemen betrayed each other, and the people they were supposed to protect. I was with Colonel Hollis's group. A mercenary group called the Gunners was attacking Quincy; the people there called for the Minutemen to help. We were the only ones that came. The other groups... they just turned their backs. On us, and the folks in Quincy. Only a few of us got out alive. Colonel Hollis was dead. So I ended up in charge of the survivors. We never found a safe place to settle. One disaster after another... you saw how it ended, in Concord."
    (Preston Garvey's dialogue)
  10. The Sole Survivor: "That's quite a promotion you just gave me."
    Preston Garvey: "The leader of the Minutemen has always held the rank of General. Our last leader was General Becker. After he died back in '82, nobody could agree on who should take his place. The one good thing about being the last Minuteman is there's no one to argue with me when I say you're the new General. Now it's your job to make it more than an empty title."
    (Preston Garvey's dialogue)
  11. The Sole Survivor: " I don't know the first thing about the Minutemen."
    Preston Garvey: "That doesn't matter. The Minutemen of the last few years are gone, and nobody's going to miss them. We don't need any more petty politics, or squabbling over resources, or arguing over who has seniority."
    (Preston Garvey's dialogue)
  12. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Hollis's terminal, betrayed
  13. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Long's terminal, something's up
  14. Preston Garvey: "Once the Gunners got up here, there was no way to defend the rest of Quincy."
    (Preston Garvey's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken when at the Quincy ruins, freeway stronghold bridge to roof catwalks.
  15. Preston Garvey: "We gave the Gunners a hell of a fight, but we never really stood a chance. There were just too many of them and too few of us."
    (Preston Garvey's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken when at the Quincy ruins, southeast entrance.
  16. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Sturges's terminal, Baker here
  17. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Gunner terminal, Preston
  18. Preston Garvey: "Man, I don't know who you are, but your timing's impeccable. Preston Garvey, Commonwealth Minutemen."
    The Sole Survivor: "Minutemen? So now I'm traveling backward in time?"
    Preston Garvey: ""Protect the people at a minute's notice." That was the idea. So I joined up, wanted to make a difference. And I did, but... things fell apart. Now it looks like I'm the last Minuteman left standing."
    The Sole Survivor: "Who are these people?"
    Preston Garvey: "Just folks lookin' for a new home. A fresh start. I've been with 'em since Quincy. Lexington looked good for a while, but the Ghouls drove us outta there. A month ago, there were 20 of us. Yesterday there were 8. Now, we're 5. It's just me, the Longs - Marcy and Jun - that's old Mama Murphy on the couch. And this here's Sturges."
    (Preston Garvey's dialogue)
  19. Quincy ruins terminal entries; Gunner terminal, Tessa and Baker
  20. Sole Survivor: "I just got here, but yeah."
    Piper Wright: "Shh. Play along. What was that? You said you're a trader up from Quincy? You have enough supplies to keep the general store stocked for a whole month? Huh. You hear that, Danny? You gonna open the gate and let us in? Or are you going to be the one talking to crazy Myrna about losing out on all this supply?"
    (Piper Wright's dialogue)
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